The Gospel of Mark presents Jesus in a counterintuitive way. He is a King (Matthew), but he did not come to wield his authority in the way most kings do. He came not to be served but TO SERVE!
The first message in a new series- "Just Jesus- Rediscovering The Beauty of Christ." Each week we will see what one New Testament book says about Jesus. Matthew goes to great lengths to show us that Jesus is our long-awaited king- the ruler we have been waiting for- whether we knew it or not.
In this passage we see the aged Jacob and the brothers of Joseph being placed in the "best" part of the land of Egypt due to their relationship to Joseph. What stands out to me is the 130 year old Jacob saying to Pharaoh that his life was "short and evil." What will we do with the few years we will be on this earth in fallen bodies? Additionally, we won't all stand before Pharaoh, but we will all someday stand before the king of the universe. Like Jacob, if we have a relationship with Jesus (Joseph is a type) we will inherit the "best part of the land" (Promise Land) not because of what we've accomplished but because of what he'd accomplished on our behalf.